stop short of (something)

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stop short of (something)

1. To cease moving before reaching something or some place. The golf ball stopped just short of the hole. The van skidded on the ice, but it thankfully stopped short of the cars in front of it.
2. To almost or partially do something but stop before going through with or completing it. She told him how much she cared for him, but stopped short of saying "I love you." The president stopped short of declaring war, deciding to wait and see what the foreign leader would do next.
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stop short of a place

not to go as far as something. The bus stopped short of the end of the road. The speeding car stopped short of the sidewalk where children were playing.
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stop short of doing something

not to go as far as doing something. Fortunately Bob stopped short of hitting Tom. The boss criticized Jane's work but stopped short of firing her. Jack was furious but stopped short of hitting Tom.
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at a "temporary bar" on British citizens suspected of terrorist activity abroad returning - which would stop short of stripping them of ficials are also looking at a "temporary bar" on British citizens suspected of terrorist activity abroad returning - which would stop short of stripping them of their citizenship and making them stateless.
The group's final communique, which is expected to come out Saturday, is most likely going to express ASEAN's support for an air and naval navigation freedom but might stop short of mentioning China in name.
Mukherjee, told AFP: "I hope he pays homage and apologises for the killings." Reports in British newspapers say he will stop short of an apology, but will leave a message of condolence in a visitor's book and express regret for the loss of life.
Rick Perry that signal support for his bid to succeed Kay Bailey Hutchison but stop short of a full-throated endorsement.
He added: "I am disappointed that the proposal stop short of legally obliging supermarkets to pay a fair price for milk.
That would flood parts of the town already hit by the industrial waste last Monday, but stop short of the next town to the north.
Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink wants to remind homeowners that there is free legal assistance and allow lawyers to pick the brains of lenders about loan repayment problems that stop short of eviction.
The institute forecast that unemployment will stop short of 3m, but it warned that the period between New Year and Easter will be the worst for redundancies since 1991.
Judging from his debut CD, actor-rocker Cahoon knows the genre well--he certainly looks the part--but his performances stop short of the rabid insanity of Iggy Pop or Freddie Mercury's extravagant affectation.
I'll stop short of heralding the great age of "Art Fair Art" (a toxic proposition, by most lights), but if you braved any of the recent fairs, you've guessed where this is going.
The natural gas-rich provinces, Santa Cruz and Tarija, stop short of declaring themselves breakaway republics.
Although this study's findings stop short of proving a cause-and-effect relationship, they are the first to show an association between weak muscle strength in areas secondary to the site of pain and the overuse injuries themselves.
The floors in the new block stop short of the rear wall on the north side to create a full-height void.
But few people stop short of two cups of pasta as a main dish.
"I would stop short of concluding that the data provide strong proof for the existence of thermotaxis in rabbit sperm," she says.